Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards - 12/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (13-5) at Boston Celtics (6-11)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +9 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards battle for the second game in as many nights.
Yesterday afternoon, the Wizards were perhaps a little overconfident about their chances of a fifth straight win after blowing past the Nuggets by 30 points on Friday and it really put them in a hole early on. The Wizards would fall behind by 25 points in the third quarter before rallying back to 94-93 with 1:12 left in the game, but they just couldn't get over the final hurdle as the Celtics closed the game out to win by 101-93. For the Wizards, John Wall led the way with 17 points and 14 assists, while Rasual Butler added a team-high 22 points off the bench.
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As for the Celtics, Jeff Green led the way with a game-high 25 points while Marcus Thornton added a rapid-fire 21 points in just 17 minutes off the bench, but it was once again Rajon Rondo who stuffed the stat sheet with a triple double of 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. With the win, Boston has now won three straight to improve to 7-11 on the season and 5-7 at home.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on zero days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, while the Wizards are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team below .400 and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on zero days rest.
Head to head, the Celtics are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Over is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings in Washington.
After the way these two teams played last night, I have to say that I'm a little surprised that the Wizards are favored by so many points. Yes, they've been dominant at home but this is just too many points to pass up against a Celtics team finding a bit of form.